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Toronto had won the first three games of the four-game series, but the Yankees sent R.A. Dickey (10-11) to his first loss since before the All-Star break. The Blue Jays and Yankees play three more times in Toronto from Sept. 21-23
That's a 4.5 game lead in the AL East, thank you very much.
The Blue Jays fell a half-game back in the American League East after leading the division since Wednesday night.
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With their 11th win in 12 games, the streaking Blue Jays pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees. It was the first time since May 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a series of at least three games.
In an age when superstars think they're bigger than the team, and the ownership, Jeter knew
otherwise. Even a 14-time all-star was still an employee, and George Steinbrenner, until he
passed away in 2010, was the boss. Jeter revered the boss, but also managed to connect him
with the crowd. One of their better moments together was a VISA commercial, in which they're
filmed in a conga line at a Manhattan night club.
With Major League Baseball's Opening Day only six sleeps away, the polls are in, predictions have been posted, the sport's sages and seers have spoken -- and you know these guys are never wrong -- and apparently the New York Yankees are, in the words of Ed Grimley, "as doomed as doomed can be."
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